Metrosideros collina

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Metrosideros collina
SmithMCollina.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Metrosideros
Species: M. collina
Binomial name
Metrosideros collina
(J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.) A. Gray
Synonyms

Leptospermum collinum J.R. Forst. & G. Forst.

M. collina var villosa in Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart

Metrosideros collina is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. It is native to French Polynesia and the Cook islands.

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described by botanist Johann Reinhold Forster and his son Georg Forster in 1775. It was given the name Leptospermum collinum.

There are two varieties:

  • Metrosideros collina var. collina
  • Metrosideros collina var. villosa

Cultivars[edit]

Cultivar 'Tahiti'

Cultivars of Metrosideros collina are used as ornamental plants, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens. Cultivars include:

  • 'Tahiti', grows to about 1 metre,
  • 'Tahitian sunset', a mutated form of 'Tahiti' with variegated leaves[1]

See also[edit]

Media related to Metrosideros collina at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ US 20080313783 P1, "Metrosideros plant named "Tahitian Sunset""